Bone chilling. That is how Charles Davis from the Missouri School of Journalism described the Hosty v. Carter decision out of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
But when school officials attempt to censor by cutting funds, firing editors or some other indirect means, student journalists can have a more difficult time demonstrating they have a First Amendment case.
Prosecutors have been tough on student newspaper thieves this school year, pressing charges against four people accused of stealing newspapers in two unrelated cases -- all in one month.